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Your Ultimate Fall Harvest Festival Guide

The chill is back in the air, which can only mean one thing: Fall is here, and so is harvest season. These harvest happenings offer a little sumptin’ sumptin’ for everyone in the fam and are a fab way to get into the Fall spirit.

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September weekends – The Pumpkin Patch
Sauvie Island’s Pumpkin Patch rolled out a Harvest Festival over Labor Day weekend! But don’t worry, you didn’t miss out. Every weekend in September you and the little harvesters can head over for cow train rides, petting zoo fun, corn maize-ing and hay pyramid climbing. As of early September, the pumpkins weren’t even out yet, but the Harvest Fest is very much ON.

Event details: thepumpkinpatch.com

September 28 – Harvest Fun Day
This FREE day-o-fun is all for an awesome cause, The Clark County Food Bank. Bring your little farmers to pick carrots and and corn for the food bank,  join in kiddo contests, till and twirl to the live music, tractor rides and scarecrow making. Sublime! You can register online for the pie-eating and corn-shucking contests which have separate groupings by age. Spend a fam-friendly day learning about life on the farm.

Event details: cchmuseum.org

September 28-29 and weekends in October – Fir Point Farm
Nut house, hay play, bouncy house and a giant slide? We’re in! Plus pony rides, hay maze, little kids maze, a creepy cabin and games galore for the little harvesters. Aurora is about an hour, but the smiles will last all day.

Event details: firpointfarms.com

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October 1-30 – Halloween Fantasy Trail
Open every afternoon noon – 5:00 pm and evenings from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm this is a deliciously sppoky Halloween adventure for the bigger ghouls in your crew. Check out the haunted castle, a crooked house, creepy tunnel and wooded Halloween-themed trails (lit up at night). Ooooooooooooooh.  A local family shot video might help y’all decide if the little witches and warlocks are up for it. About 40 minutes from Portland in Oregon City.

Event details: fantasytrail.com

October 18-20 Hood River Harvest Fest
Always an anticipated event, this old-fashioned harvest fest in super-rad Hood River is chock full of local produce, arts and crafts and lots of fall fun for your kiddos in the kids zone. Pie-eating contests, face painting, a petting zoo, horse-drawn carriages, live music, and pumpkin carving await and it’s all along the river. Gorge!

Event details: hoodriver.org

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October 19th – Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Merriment
Imagine the whole street lit up by the glow of hundreds freshly carved pumpkins! That’s but one of the totally awesome events at the 15th annual Pumpkin Merriment event hosted by the A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village. Watch the Carousel Carvers, learn to square dance and then boogie down to LuAnn Ritts.

Event details: acgilbert.org

October 19th – Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
From 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on October 19th, there is no place you’d rather be than Tualatin for this 10th celebration of the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta.  It’s a series of odd races around the Lake at Tualatin Commons by costumed skippers in massive 1000lb pumpkin boats! While the boat races are the highlight of the day, there’s tons of other Fall fabulousness on hand like pumpkin decorating, face painting, live music, clown shows, a pie eating contest, and this tribute to the punkin  is free for spectators.

Event details: facebook.com

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October 25th – Squishing of the Squash
Make tracks to the Oregon Zoo for an extra special harvest “event.” This annual celebration kicks off the Zoo’s “Howloween” season by making a big mess! Watch as the elephants squish an enormous pumpkin for your enjoyment. It gets cray-cray crowded, so get there early for best photos opps. Free with zoo admission.

Event details: oregonzoo.org

October 26th Boo Bash, Monster Mash
Our favorite kiddo museum is dazzling their Halloween spirit with some delightfully festive activities for the kiddos. Bust out those veggie, dino and butterfly costumes and swing on by for a dance party with Greasy Kid Stuff, hunt for missing pumpkins, and create a one of a kind trick or treat bag. Free with museum admission.

Event details: portlandcm.org

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October 26-27th Howloween at the Zoo
Your mini ghouls, pirates, princesses, and cowpokes scour the zoo grounds in a scavenger hunt, try their hand at animal and conservation-themed activities and of course trick or treat. The Oregon Zoo has teamed up with the folks at Green Halloween   –  a national initiative to make Halloween more healthy and eco-friendly. Check out the little treat bags made of compostable-cellophane. Green thumbs up! Free with zoo admission.

Event details: oregonzoo.org

Where does your family get in the Fall Festival spirit? Know of any other great Halloween events coming up? Let us know by leaving a comment below. 

– Liz Overson

Photo credit: nerdcoregirl, Randy StewartPhil Scoville, West Coast Great Pumpkin Regatta’s Facebook page, and vdrg dansschool

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